One good thing about the holidays is I can add all the creamy bake dishes I want and just say “Well it’s the holidays”. So that, my friends, is what I am saying and I am sticking to it.
Before I made the biggest decision of my life, which was to get married and move to Italy, my husband spent some time in Toronto, (actually that is where we met) getting to know my family and friends and of course enjoying my Mom’s cooking. One of his favourite dishes was this Broccoli Cheese Bake. I was never a big broccoli fan but done this way it is easy to become one. Needless to say this is one of many recipes that I took with me to my new country.
So whenever my husband would bring home a head or two of broccoli that his wonderful mother would gift us with from her garden this of course was one of the first dishes I would make. Italians like to steam or boil the broccoli first then sauté it with some olive oil, garlic and salt. This is a delicious way also. But nothing beats baked broccoli.
I know how hard it can be sometimes to get your kids to eat vegetables, especially broccoli, but done this way my kids actually love it and look forward to a remake. Broccoli cheese bake is also a perfect dish to make for when I have friends or family for dinners. You can never go wrong with this delicious creamy baked dish, tender broccoli in a delicious white sauce mixed with the tanginess of swiss cheese which is then all baked to perfection.
So for birthdays, holidays , dinner with friends or family or just because days roll around, Broccoli Cheese Bake is the perfect side dish. I hope you enjoy it! Buon Appetito!